(AllHipHop News) As the nation enters the fourth week of the Jussie Smollett scandal, more conflicting information has become public. Cook County prosecutors charged Smollett with felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report in connection to an alleged attack on January 29.
Chicago police accused the Empire actor of staging a fake hate crime because he was "dissatisfied" with his salary from the Fox television show. However, a new article suggests executives in charge of the program were not aware Smollett was supposedly agitated about his TV earnings.
none of the brass -- producers or EPs, including Lee Daniels -- heard even a whisper from Jussie grousing he was underpaid... Our sources say, if Jussie was upset about his salary, he kept it to himself. He was in the middle of a long-term contract and the executives, who are in a position to bust the deal or sweeten the pot, say neither Jussie nor his reps ever asked.
This latest revelation comes after text messages between Smollett and Ola and Abel Osundairo implied a $3500 check was for a 5-week training/nutrition plan. Investigators believe the money was a payment for the brothers to fabricate an assault against Smollett.
Sources told TMZ Ola and Abel testified to a grand jury that they were paid for the 5-week program and not for a so-called attack. CPD Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson recently appeared on Good Morning America to double down on the department's conclusion that Smollett paid the Osundairo siblings for the alleged assault.
Smollett's legal team has stated, "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked."
Fellow Empire cast member, Terrence Howard, publicly defended Smollett on Instagram. He wrote, "The Jussie I know could never even conceive of something so unconscious and ugly. His innocence or judgment is not for any of us to decide. Stay in your lane and my lane is empathy and love and compassion for someone I've called my son for five years. It's God's job to judge and it's ours to love and hope, especially for those that we claim to have loved."
Smollett's character has reportedly been removed from the final two episodes of this season's Empire. The 36-year-old entertainer is currently out of police custody on $100,000 bail.